This year, Martin Luther King Day coincides with another holiday: Blue Monday. Researchers have identified the third Monday in January as the saddest day of year, since the holiday season is officially over and cold weather is here to stay. Luckily, there’s an antidote: Getting out of town for a long weekend.
Believe it or not, you can still find plenty of options for a last-minute getaway on Airbnb. We rounded up eight homes, bed-and-breakfasts and guesthouses for rent that are only a few hours by train, car or bus from NYC. Take your pick of the following romantic retreats, nearby city escapes and cabins near ski resorts, then get out of town!
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The 1872 Barnhouse in New Windsor, NY
Rent a private bedroom in this converted cattle barn in New Windsor to spend a weekend exploring the Hudson Valley. It’s not far from picturesque towns like Beacon, Newburgh and New Paltz, not to mention the natural beauty of Bear Mountain State Park and Stewart State Forest. Guests can soak in the hot tub and cozy up to the wood-burning fireplace after a long day of exploring.
Beautiful Artist’s Waterfront House in Beacon, NY
Round up four friends for a stay at this charming Airbnb on Fishkill Creek. You could easily spend a full weekend exploring Beacon’s boutiques, local art galleries, craft breweries and restaurants. Art lovers also won’t want to miss the current Walter de Maria: Truck Trilogy exhibit at Dia: Beacon.
One Bedroom Condo at Mountain Creek Resort in Vernon, NJ
As it’s less than two hours by car from NYC, Mountain Creek Resort might be the easiest way for New Yorkers to get their skiing fix. Rent out this one-bedroom lakeside condo for a weekend away: It offers convenient access to the slopes, plus an on-site hot tub and fireplace.
Beautiful Historic Townhouse in Philadelphia, PA
City dwellers who find wide open spaces suffocating might prefer a break from the grind—like spending a weekend exploring the City of Brotherly Love. This two-bedroom apartment in the heart of the city is walking distance to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and its famed Rocky steps, but only a quick SEPTA ride away from other attractions like Independence Hall and Reading Terminal Market.
Charming Victorian in Hudson, NY
If your entire crew is ready to get out of town, rent out several rooms in the Hudson City Bed and Breakfast for a Hudson Valley vacation. Renowned restaurants, quality antique shops, artsy boutiques and even a few hip bars should keep you entertained for several days. The bed and breakfast is just a short walk from the Amtrak station and breakfast is included.
Pocono Vintage Home in Lake Naomi in Pocono Pines, PA
Snow bunnies who plan on skiing Camelback Mountain can book this Pennsylvania cabin for a weekend on the slopes. The wooded lot, stone fireplace and rustic decor provide all kinds of hygge vibes. Since it sleeps eight, the cabin also works well for a group.
Adorable Country Cape Cod in Woodbury, CT
Though you’ll share the common areas of this Litchfield County home with the owner, two private bedrooms and a bathroom ensure you get plenty of seclusion. It’s also incredibly affordable, with rates starting at just $50 a night for two people. Adventurous souls can ski, snowboard or tube at Woodbury Ski Area, while those looking for more relaxation can hit nearby spas like Salt of the Earth.
Village Inn in Woodstock, VT
A blanket of pure white snow turns this charming small town into a winter wonderland. Bundle up in your warmest layers to peruse Main Street’s old-fashioned general stores or cross-country ski on the trails at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park. Though it's a bit of a drive from the city, the four-poster bed waiting for you at the sweetly old-fashioned Village Inn is worth the journey.